Where’s safe to travel?

To help you when making your next travel plans, we have brought together all of the vital travel information relevant to UK travellers at this current time, so that your next unique escape can be as effortless as possible. We understand that the frequent changing of travel guidelines combined with Covid-19 regulations can be rather challenging to keep up with. It can actually leave people feeling rather lost and overwhelmed. Your safety and ease of travel is our utmost priority, so we closely follow all FCO advice and recommendations to ensure that your travel plans are safe and secure to give you real peace of mind.

New UK Travel Updates  

Following the most recent update from the government, the rules for international travel to England will change as of 4am on Friday February 11th 2022. From this date, travel to the UK will depend on whether you are fully vaccinated or not fully vaccinated: 

Fully vaccinated individuals will not need to take a COVID-19 test before travel to England or after arrival, will not be required to quarantine after they arrive, and must complete a passenger locator form.

Not fully vaccinated individuals will be required to show proof of a negative COVID-19 test (taken no longer than 48 hours prior to arrival), book and pay for a post arrival Covid-19 test, and will be required to complete a passenger locator form.

If you arrive in England before 4am on February 11th, you must follow the current set of travel rules.

 These changes apply to England, with guidance on the travel restrictions relating to Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland can be accessed here. If you need any help organising your travel plans, get in contact with our talented team who will be more than happy to help. 

Travel rules - Jan 9th
Travel rules for returning to England - 09/01/22

The above infographic is a simplified explanation of the rules on what to do when travelling back to the UK. Pre-departure testing and passenger locator forms are done prior to arriving back in the UK, whilst the sections covering self-isolation, managed quarantine, PCR testing, further testing and test-to-release relate to once you have arrived back in the UK. The rows are colour categorised to correspond to the rules for arrival back from red list countries and the rest of the world (red row = rules for returning from red list countries, and the green row = rules for returning from any country not on the red list). These rules are dependent on your vaccination status. 

Steps for safe travel

  • Check rules and advice for the country or territories you are going to
  • Check rules for return to your home country
  • Book any required tests and hotel quarantine packages
  • Regularly check foreign travel advice

UK’s New Travel System

It’s a very exciting time in the tourism industry, as the previous traffic light system for travel has now been replaced by a much simpler two-tiered system with the simple categorisation of ‘Red List’ countries and then the ‘Rest of the World’. This means there are minimal restrictions for fully vaccinated travellers returning from countries on the ‘Rest of the World’ list. The main criteria for countries being placed on the Red travel list will be the development or prevalence of variants of concern.

Individuals who are not fully vaccinated will still be required to take a pre-departure PCR test (within the 3 days prior to your return), book and pay for day 2 and day 8 Covid-19 tests after you arrive back, as well as completing a passenger locators form. In response to the development of the Omicron Covid-19 variant, all international arrivals travelling to the UK will be required to show a negative pre-departure test (LFD or PCR) taken no longer than 48 hours prior to departure. 

Where is safe to travel if I am fully vaccinated?

If you can provide evidence of your fully vaccinated status, you will be able to travel to any country not on the ‘Red List’ list with minimal restrictions on arrival and return. We are just as excited as you that travel is finally opening back up again, and we are eager to help send you safely on your way to a well-deserved dream break for a late 2021/22 holiday. Therefore, we have helpfully gathered all the relevant information for you on the countries on the ‘Rest of the World’ list and their entry requirements. 

What counts as fully vaccinated?

Most countries will only consider you fully vaccinated once you are 14 days past the final dose of your given vaccine (your 2nd dose of the AstraZeneca, Moderna or Pfizer vaccine or the single dose of the Janssen vaccine). If you will not be 14 days past your final dose of vaccination by the time you arrive at your destination, you may be denied entry. You should check the approved vaccinations lists for each country you are travelling to.   

Proving your vaccination status

Most countries will require proof of your vaccination status in order to grant you entry. There are several ways you can do this which include showing your NHS Covid Pass and having a formal letter written from your doctor confirming your vaccination status. The type of proof required varies depending on the country, as some countries have not approved the NHS Covid Pass as proof of full vaccination just yet. 

Safe Destinations (Go List)

Fully vaccinated travellers: In line with the most recent government updates, all international arrivals to the UK must take a Day 2 PCR or lateral flow test after arrival, and complete a passenger locator form within 48 hours prior to arrival in England. You will need to enter your COVID-19 test booking reference number on your passenger locator form. 

Not fully vaccinated: Individuals who are not fully vaccinated will be required to take a pre-departure PCR test (within the 3 days prior to your return), book and pay for day 2 and day 8 Covid-19 tests after you arrive back, self-isolate until you receive a negative result, as well as completing a passenger locator form. 

Here is the list of the countries not on the UK’s Red List, with some additional information on their individual entry requirements which you may find helpful. It is very important that you check the entry requirements for the country you are travelling to, as they may still require you to provide evidence of Covid-19 test results and other documents to be granted entry to their country.

Last updated on 01/12/2021

Safe Green list Destinations

Pure Breaks Destinations

Red List countries (No-go)

Travel Guidance for Red List Countries: Considering that the Covid-19 virus is still spreading and on the rise in some areas of the world, the government heavily advises against travelling to red list countries, unless under exceptional circumstances. All individuals returning from countries on the red list, regardless of your vaccination status, must:

  • Take a pre-departure Covid-19 test
  • Complete a Passenger locator form
  • Complete a mandatory 10 quarantine in an approved and pre-payed for quarantine hotel.  

Here are the details of the countries on the UK’s Red List, with some additional information on their individual entry requirements that you may find helpful.

Last updated on 15/12/2021

Red List Countries

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